Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Breaking news: I’m going to be a grandma

Yes, really. I’ve known for a few months now and have been waiting for permission to share. Well, in total honesty, I’ve also been waiting to adjust to the news. My beautiful daughter Amber is going to be a mommy at the end of September.

As any parent, I have high hopes, expectations and wishes for my children and, of course, I’ve learned that things don’t always work out like we’d hoped. I’ve adjusted and, most importantly, Amber has as well. Her excitement is evident and I know she’s going to be an awesome mom.

Wow.

That’s the first time I’ve said that. My daughter is going to be a mom. A mother. A parent. A child I raised is going to have a child. It’s quite a surreal experience. I can’t even imagine… but it won’t be long before I won’t have to. :-)

It’s also a little surreal because I’m still raising children. I think somewhere in the recesses of my mind I thought all of my children would be grown before I became a grandparent. Well, it is what it is and speaking of “what it is;” she finds out on Thursday and you’ll be almost the first to know.

Last week a friend of mine who works for BlackAmericaWeb.com asked me to write an article about being a mother. At first I told her I would probably write something from the multi-generational parenting perspective, but when I told her about Amber’s pregnancy she thought of writing an article about giving my child advice on having a child. So that’s what I did.

I think the article turned out really well and it would be great if you’d check it out. It’s called Suddenly Grandma. And before you even let the word slip from your mouth, I will not be answering to Grandma! I’m too young (looking) for that. Just call me Gee-Gee (GG?).

So, in the spirit of giving the advice: Read my Black America Web article then come back and give me advice on being a first-time grandparent.